FableFest Has Something For Everyone
A Family-Friendly Farm Festival July 8th
FableFest is a family-friendly mini-festival, on Saturday, July 8th, at the location of Barnard's Feast and Field Market, a popular Thursday farmers' market held in the fields of a working farm, where Eastman Farm, Fable Farm, Heartwood Farm and Kiss the Cow Farm share a lease. Beyond the cost of paying artists and musicians, any money raised will help support some of the costs of hosting the market. Learn more at feastandfield.com.
Not only does FableFest features an all-star line up of musicians, but it also offers an afternoon of arts activities, workshops and presentations for all ages.
Art on the Farm Art Walk in 2015, Photo by Seth Butler Sethbutler.com
3rd Annual Art on the Farm Sculpture Show:
The festival was scheduled in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Art on the Farm Sculpture Show, an art exhibition placed on an ambling path through the fields. The event opens with a guided art walk with curator Edythe Wright and some of the participating artists at 2:30. (Doors open at 2:00, please arrive promptly to depart promptly.) Following the guided art walk, there will be maps for self-guided exploration. Spencer Lewis will provide his ethereal looping fiddle and guitar music as the background for self-guided walks.
Music and Dance Workshops with Tumbling Bones and Kafari:
There will be square dancing. Photo by Seth Butler
2:45: Tumbling Bones Founding Members Jake Hoffman and Peter Winne will lead a sing-along/jam. They follow a tradition of brother harmony singing that requires thousands of hours honing their individual tones to match each other's sound and aesthetic. Their music--country, bluegrass, and early rock--has taken them from the fields of central VT to Southern Appalachia and from Ireland's craggy shores to old Soviet theaters in Ukraine. Their latest collaborator, Kafari, joins them at FableFest and will lead a rhythm bones workshop.
At 4:30, Winne will lead a square dance.
The Sable Project
The Sable Project is a unique artists residency based in Stockbridge founded by Otto Pierce, one of the participating artists in this year's art show. He famously created a birch bark dragon in the first art show. Currently taking a year off from offering long-term residencies, They are hosting smaller-scale mini-residencies this year. Movement artist, and Sable's Project Manager Jessica Lee will lead a dance and movement workshop at 3:30, and Kate Truini will offer a painting and drawing station.
Kids Games with Greg Labella:
Popular PE teacher Greg Labella will be leading kids activities during the afternoon from 3:30-5:30. Labella recently retired from his post at Barnard Academy, but will continue to teach PE in other communities, and leads kids activities for special events such as weddings and birthday parties.
Fire Starting with Will Langdon:
Heartwood Farm's Will Langdon will lead a demo and workshop in fire starting with a bow drill at 3:30.
Readings and Presentations For More Mature Audiences:
5:00 Haywire, Americana, with guests Spencer Lewis and Bow Thayer
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